Do You Use Windows Event Viewer?

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I Consult Event Viewer

  1. Frequently

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    20.4%
  2. Sometimes

    18 vote(s)
    36.7%
  3. Almost Never/Never

    21 vote(s)
    42.9%
  1. plat1098

    plat1098 Registered Member

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    Do you find Event Viewer to be a valuable tool? Have you ever been alerted to a significant issue with your machine by consulting Event Viewer, even though nothing seemed out of the ordinary?

    Example: On a new machine with Windows 10 freshly updated, I happened to check EV and there were numerous, numerous WHEA logger (correctable) hardware warnings under System, even though the machine appeared to be running very well, with core temperatures in the normal ranges. Shortly afterward, the motherboard failed. I couldn't prevent it, but at least I had some inkling beforehand. I look at Event Viewer several times/day--for me it's been a good source of nip-it-in-the-bud issues.

    Do you mostly ignore the errors and warnings it may contain? Do you think certain kinds of errors should be ignored or do you try to fix them yourself?
     
  2. roger_m

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    I only take a look at Event Viewer or very rare occasions. I guess there's a lot of useful information there, but I've never taken much notice, even when diagnosing problems with my computers.
     
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  3. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    I check it based on need, not based on any schedule.
     
  4. Krusty

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    Sometimes to rarely at all.
    This.
     
  5. hjlbx

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    Rarely. AppGuard uses it instead of a plain text log, so I have no choice but to use it when required.
     
  6. Umbra

    Umbra Registered Member

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    same here.
     
  7. Osaban

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    A few times in the past with Vista as a diagnostic tool, but my knowledge is too limited to interpret its information.
     
  8. Minimalist

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    I check Event viewer, usually once a week. I've created some custom views (for SRP events and failed logon attempts...) so I can easily see if there is something suspicious happening. I use it on Windows 7 so log might be different than on Windows 10.
     
  9. TairikuOkami

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    If my computer is working flawlessly, I could not care less, though I have met several people, who even reinstalled Windows because of event errors. Well, whatever makes them happy. I have tons of errors daily, mostly caused by me, the best one is unexpected shutdown, my PC turns off within 2 seconds. :D
     

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  10. ArchiveX

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    Sometimes. :cool:

     
  11. Fad

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    "frequently"

    I also use MyEventViewer from Nirsoft for a quick check.

    I also clear it regularly with a batch file to make it easier to quickly spot alerts.
     
  12. roger_m

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    I just downloaded it and I think I will find it useful. I like how you can filter event types, e.g. to only view errors.
     
  13. Overkill

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    Same here, but will check out the nirsoft app :)

    EDIT: I looked at a few errors and have no clue what they mean

    examples...

    Unloading the performance counter strings for service WmiApRpl (WmiApRpl) failed. The first DWORD in the Data section contains the error code.

    The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.

    Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.
     
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  14. Rasheed187

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    No, because I don't need it, and the GUI sucks, just like about all of the M$ tools that come standard with Windows, think of Resource Monitor.
     
  15. bo elam

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    I use it everyday. I like routines and part of my routine is to open it after starting the computer and before turning it off. The result for doing that is a clean Event viewer.

    Sin título.jpg

    What you see there is all I get on a regular everyday basis.

    Bo
     
  16. Tarnak

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    I have used it many times in XP, but it is more advanced and complicated in Windows 10...At least it seems to me.

    ScreenShot_Event Viewer_01.GIF
     
  17. Banzi

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    Only when there is a problem with the OS, app, crash etc.
     
  18. ProTruckDriver

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    Yep, same here.
     
  19. digmor crusher

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    Not really.
     
  20. Fad

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    @Overkill

    I used to get similar errors (the type you show in spoiler 3)
    I can`t remember exactly what event ID errors they were now - but I had to install a "Microsoft Fixit" patch to stop them appearing.

    If you want to research further, have a look for Fixit 50531 and possibly also Fixit 50688

    They MAY be related to your problem. (you need to check for the Event ID numbers)
     
  21. plat1098

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    I also have a problem with figuring out what a lot of errors mean. Sometimes you can get caught up in trying to fix some strange errors and end up doing much more harm than what the original error was doing. Still, I think it's a useful tool, it's caught some silent but significant issues now and then.
     
  22. Overkill

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    Thanks Fad, my machine runs fine so should I really go deeper or just ignore the errors?
     
  23. bo elam

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    Fixit 50688 (mentioned by Fad) is designed for fixing WMI Event ID 10 in W7. I seen that warning the times I have refreshed or first booted the two W7 laptops that I have owned. Reading what you wrote about the events you see, this particular fixit is not for fixing any of them. If you have a W7 with service pack 1, then fixit 50688 would help you get rid of the event described in the link below as is likely you are getting it. This fixit has been taken down by Microsoft.

    So, if you have a W7 and you get an Event 10 warning every time you reboot the computer, I can get you a copy of this fixit as I kept one:).
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2545227

    For the ones you describe, search Google the Event ID number and the Source.

    Bo
     
  24. Overkill

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    Thanks Bo, i'd appreciate the fix
     
  25. mood

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    I use the Windows Event Viewer sometimes but it needs time to load. So i use other tools (see below) where i can set a specific interval: "Show only events from the last 2 hours", so it loads much faster.

    There's a tool from Nirsoft: "FullEventLogView", that display's much more information than the old tool "MyEventViewer":
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/full_event_log_view.html
    With it i can now see entries from Applocker for example (and all other entries from the category: "Applications and Services Logs"). These entries were not shown with the old tool.
    If you were using "MyEventViewer" before, have a look at "FullEventLogView" ;)

    If you want to see a list of all your event-logs, disable/enable them, set the file-size, etc., there is another new tool: "EventLogChannelsView"
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/event_log_channels_view.html
     
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